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Iwo Jima: United States Marines in the Pacific


Iwo Jima: United States Marines in the Pacific
by Eric Hammel

List Price: $40.00 
Hardcover: 256 pages / 40 color, 518 b/w photos
ISBN: 0760325200
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publish Date: September, 2006





New in Print

For so many Americans, it is the image that defined a war, a nation's sacrifice, and the freedom so many hold so close.  Six brave men raising the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.  All at once, the struggle of battle, the pain of lives lost, and the honor only a soldier can know were brought into the homes -- and hearts -- of the American public with a simple snap of a photographer's camera.  But for all this image stands for, it tells only one small piece of the story of the US Marines in Iwo Jima.

The complete story of the US invasion of Iwo Jima takes place over thirty-four of the bloodiest days of the Pacific War; a campaign that remains as arguably the hardest won and most memorable battle of the United States Marines in World War II.

The most complete photographic history of this iconic battle ever published, Iwo Jima: United States Marines in the Pacific contains over 500 remarkable photographs, many never before published, from the Marine Corps archives.  Weaved together with text by acclaimed military history Eric Hammel, this gloriously illustrated volume vividly recreates this iconic battle, including: the pummeling of inland targets, the strafing, and the rocket fire that accompanied the landing; the eerie silence that greeted the Marines as they set foot on the island; and then, as the newly-landed Marines regrouped on the shoreline, the horrors of all hell breaking loose.

Iwo Jima is a uniquely fitting tribute to the valiant struggle that helped shift the balance of power in the Pacific and gave us our most enduring image of victory in World War II.

About the Author
Eric Hammel is the author of 30 works of military history including Chosin, a multivolume history of Guadalcanal, The Root, Bloody Tarawa, and Pacific Warriors .  He has appeared on national, regional, and local radio and television, including a 20/20 segment on the Beirut bombing.  He has also been a guest lecturer at major Marine Corps commands.

From Amazon.com 
Even in as bloody and violent a war as Americans encountered in the Pacific, the brutality of Iwo Jima stands out for its unremitting savagery; it was arguably the hardest won and most memorable battle of the United States Marines in World War II in the Pacific. Remarkable photographs, many never before published, and text by acclaimed military historian Eric Hammel vividly recreate this iconic battle: the pummeling of inland targets, the strafing, and the rocket fire that accompanied the landing; the eerie silence that greeted the marines as they set foot on the island; and then, as the newly-landed marines regrouped on the shoreline, the horrors of all hell breaking loose. The fighting that followed34 of the bloodiest days of the Pacific Warcomes to harrowing life in this volume. Iwo is a uniquely fitting tribute to the valiant struggle that gave us our most enduring image of victory in World War II. 

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